Chapter tune: T’pau – China in your hands

Warning: Mild profanity…and more 😉

Finally. After a long, almost sleepless night, the sun came up and Rose was able to call her friends and let them know of her big date that evening. Soon, they both were at her house.

“So, what are you going to wear? It must be something sexy to set the mood!” Madison giggled.

“That’s the thing, I’m pretty sure I own nothing like that. I should go for some shopping but I’m almost broke.” Rose replied.

“No worries girl” Emma said “I know a second hand shop – most of the clothes there are great quality. I’m sure you’ll find something nice”

“Oooh yes” Madison exclaimed “they’ll show you how to do your hair and makeup too! Let’s go! Oh, and don’t forget to take some casual clothes with you tonight, I’ve been there and the way home was awkwaaaard!”

They soon arrived at the shop. The stylist sent the girls to the room where all the clothes were stored. Most of them, although good quality, looked pretty dated. Also, about half of the stock was organized, while the rest laid in crates here and there. It was going to be a difficult task to find something decent.

Still, the girls were determined that something special was hiding in there somewhere. After some time, they were ready to give up. Most dresses were too revealing, or too “granny style” or just plain weird.

Suddenly Emma squealed “Found it!!”

And boy was she right. This dress was really precious. The upper body was made by off-white lace while the skirt was a very dark silk which oozed luxury. And only 18 simoleons! “Who would throw that treasure away?” Rose thought to herself.

After a little chat with the stylist, she bought a pair of shoes and a necklace to match, she thanked her friends for their help and went home to get ready.

The evening came. Rose’s anticipation grew more and more as time went by. Suddenly she heard a honk outside. He was here.

Jared looked speechless as Rose was approaching. He always thought that she was the sweetest girl he’d ever laid eyes on, but tonight… oh man. For a moment there he thought everything was moving in slow motion.

“Ready babe?” he said as he regained his speech. Despite this being her very first time on a motorcycle, Rose felt safe holding him as they were travelling in high speed.

Soon they arrived at his place. “Did you forget something?” she asked.

“No babe, we’re here. Welcome to La cuisine de Jared” he replied playfully, mimicking a french accent. “That’s the place I was talking about. After you, mademoiselle

Jared had really commited to this dinner. He had set a lovely table at the balcony looking at the beach. He had even put french music on the stereo which he knew was Rose’s favorite.

She sat outside admiring the view, while Jared was preparing the food in the kitchen.

Although it was already late autumn, that night was especially mild, with just a pleasant breeze sweeping across her skin from time to time.

“Dinner is ready” Jared was heard while he brought two delicious looking dishes at the table.

“These taste so good, I’m truly impressed. I’d never believe you had no official training. Too bad there isn’t a place for you to work yet, except for that diner” Rose said.

“Oh no, I’m never going there” Jared said “But I should tell you, I did get a job recently, business stuff. You see, my dream is to open my own restaurant someday. Some kind of bar and grill – you know, I cook a mean barbeque – somewhere near the beach. So I figured a little knowledge about business might come in handy”

“That’s great” Rose said smiling “I really hope your dream comes true one day”

“Well, one of them is. I met you” he said coyly while looking straight into Rose’s eyes.

“Time for dessert” he said a little later while going inside “and it’s something special, just for you”

While preparing the dessert – crepes, and again, Rose’s favorite – Jared’s phone rang.

“What” he said. “No, I can’t talk right now. I said I can’t talk. Oh, I’m sure it can wait. Call me another time!!” the voice on the other side of the line was making unsuccessful efforts to hold his interest.

Although pretty irritated that someone had tried to ruin his date, he didn’t pay much attention to that phone call anyway and soon, the dessert was ready.

Rose was amazed again. “These look incredible! Thank you for taking the time to learn the recipe for me. I like french things so much, I like to believe my family were originally from France” she said laughing.

“Speaking of which, did you ever locate another family member of yours?” Jared asked “Your parents mustn’t have been all alone in the world”

“Well, it kind of seems that they were. I haven’t been able to track anyone down with the surname Briar, not in Sunset Valley or Twinbrook” she replied, a little melancholic.

“I’m sorry babe, I didn’t mean to make you sad. Come on, care to dance with me?” Jared said, trying to cheer her up. Rose stood up happily “Of course I’d like to dance with you”

While slow dancing, Rose felt her whole body shaking with suspense and desire.

She was sure now, that was their night. She looked at him and whispered “We can go inside if you want to”

“Are you sure babe? We can wait if you’re not ready”

But Rose just nodded, she was more than ready. In fact, she was sure she was in love with that man and that he was in love with her too. Why wait? Jared gave her a lingering kiss. As much as he anticipated this, he wanted to cherish their moments of slow dancing under the moonlight.

The bedroom setting was equally impressive as the balcony. The same little candles were waiting to be lit, and rose petals were thrown generously all over the floor.

Jared though about asking Rose again if she’s ready for this, but the look in her eyes was pretty clear.

While kissing her, he remembered how he enjoyed the smell of her hair that day in her house. He began kissing the back of her neck. There was that cinnamon and lavender scent again that made him feel weak at the knees. His breathing became heavier and heavier, while Rose’s sigh made him go on as he slowly started undressing her.

It was the perfect ending to a perfect night.

A little later, Jared’s phone began to ring again. It may have rung several times during the night, but the silence of the hour made the noice unbearable. He went to the hall to speak.

“What do you want, I told you we’ll talk another time! What?! Are you serious? Ok ok, I’ll be there in ten minutes.” Shit.

He went to the bedroom to find Rose waiting for him. “Is everything ok?” she asked.

“Listen babe, something came up and I have to go for about half an hour. I’m really sorry, if I could avoid it I would. I won’t be long. But you shouldn’t worry, you need to get some rest. I’ll see you later, ok? …Tonight was really great you know” he kissed her tenderly and left.

The morning came but Jared had not shown up in the bedroom. Rose felt really anxious, but decided to ignore that feeling. She got dressed and went upstairs. The living room reeked of cigarettes and Jared was there. From the looks of it, he had spent almost the entire night in that room.

She went closer. Was he ignoring her or had he just not noticed her approaching? “Good morning” she finally said. “So, is everything ok after all? You know, last night was great for me too. More than great, it was perfect” she said gently while attempting to stroke his cheek.

But before she could do it, Jared grabbed her hand and stopped her.

“Well” he mumbled “Don’t I deserve an Oscar”

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26 thoughts on “14 – Date night

  1. The pictures were beautiful, you set up everything perfectly, what an atmosphere. How great is that to have a man that actually can cook? Haha, yeah, but that ending seems foreboding and I am anxious to see what happened to Jared.

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    1. Thank you!! The poses were difficult because the time passed quickly (even though I pressed pause most of the time lol) and the lighting changed! But I’m so glad you liked them! ❤ Hmmm…as for Jared. You'll find out soon (in one or two chapters, haven't decided yet, haha)! Let's just say that he is his worst enemy 😉

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  2. Your pictures looked amazing as always. I haven’t been in Sunset Valley for so long that I forgot how beautiful it was.
    And the mini fashion show was so cute. Even though those three dresses were not right Rose still looked pretty in them.
    I was really loving the date. I was saying good for you Jared! He really stepped up and became a changed man. And then his last line changed it all for me!!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤ Haha, the fashion show. It was literally the last picture I took for this chapter, after I almost finished writing it. I saw the line about the wrong dresses and thought, why not show them too? 😁 Jared really stepped up and then in one move he ruined everything…again! Aah, what am I going to do with this boy??! 🤔 Everything has an explanation, but we'll see if it's good enough..!

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  3. Everything in this chapter was stunning! The setting was lovely and Rose looked so pretty; all the details from the food to the rose petals were amazing 🙂 The last sentence caught me off guard though, why does he seem like a different person?… Wondering what could possibly be the reason for his change

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  4. What a lovely chapter ❤ Rose looked so pretty, The scene where she and her friends went shopping was super cute. I also love how much effort Jared put into the date, with the great dinner and roses and even how he picked her up with the motorcycle 🙂 But the last scene is very worrying. I wonder what happened to him that caused that bad change… the last line sounds like he was acting/lying through last night? Can't wait for the next post to learn what happened!

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    1. Thank you! ❤ Yes, Jared wanted everything to be perfect for Rose and then he went and acted that way..! You'll find out what this is all about soon (maybe not the next chapter, but definitely the one after the next)! 🙂

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  5. Gorgeously shot! It felt like I was climbing up a rollercoaster of bliss, up and up into the clouds, only to be dropped back to earth with those last few pictures. Well done!

    Jared. Jared…Jared! What the hell did you do?!

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  6. THAT SNAKE! I will fight Jared for Rose! Was he acting this whole time? Anyway, great chapter! I can’t wait to find out what he’s talking about. He better not hurt Rose again or I will move my simself to Sunset Valley and beat him up.

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  7. Oh my goodness, that was a great post. Your posing and screencaps were great- I really love the thrift shop. Of course, every picture of the date was just perfect, as everyone has said. Incredibly romantic, until that last bit, of course. It seems to me like someone got to him and has something over him.

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❤ I really loved writing their date and I felt so bad writing the last part..! 😟 Actually the thrift shop is just a room of the salon that is originally in Sunset Valley, where I removed some windows and put some awesome cc from ATS3 🙂 As for Jared, you'll find out what happened soon! 😎

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  8. The date was so pretty! I really liked the layout 🙂 He genuinely seemed to like her, and I was starting to like Jared, until that phone call… It’s so suspicious and I’m really worried that Rose will get very hurt this time. She might even get dragged into the mess he is possibly in. And what does he mean when he says he deserves an Oscar? Is it a hint that he is saying that he was acting or lying last night? Can’t wait to find out what it is!

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    1. Yep, he meant exactly that! If he really meant it or not though, that another story. And oh, he’s in a pretty big mess alright!! 😕 But at least the date went well (until the phone call lol)!! Thank you so much for your comment! ❤

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  9. This was an incredibly beautiful chapter! I loved all of it except of the ending… Such an amazing photography! I agree with what everybody already said. If Jared hurts Rose now, he’s a dead man!!!

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  10. JARED! don’t make me come into that game and give you a good talking to!!
    I’m sure his sudden attitude change is to do with the phone call, whatever that was about. But what’s the betting they didn’t use protection and now she’s gonna get preggers…

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    1. I’m sure he’d need a good talking to, lol!!
      I thought about making her pregnant, being their first time and her first time altogether would earn him extra points, hehe! But it would be too inconvinient for the story for now so I abandoned that thought. But who knows, maybe soon! 😉

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